Babar Azam retains top position

Babar was named ICC Cricketer of the year 2022

By Web Desk
February 01, 2023
Babar Azam raising bat after scoring a century against South Africa - AFP

Pakistani skipper Babar Azam retained top position after routine Wednesday update in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI batting rankings.

Azam, who was named ICC Cricketer of the Year (2022) last week, is on top with a rating of 887.

South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen, who scored highest 149 runs in first two matches of three-ODI home series against England, retained second position on the table.

Quinton de Kock remained at number three position followed by Australia's David Warner and Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq at fourth and fifth respectively.

Mohammad Siraj of India, who rose to number one position for the first time, remained at the top slot with a rating of 729.

In T20Is, India's Suryakumar Yadav is in first rank followed by Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan and New Zealand's Devon Conway in second and third respectively. Pakistani skipper Azam is on fourth position in T20Is.

Afghanistan's ace spinner Rashid Khan is leading the T20I bowling rankings with a rating of 698. No Pakistani bowler is in top 10 T20I rankings for bowlers. 

Babar Azam named ICC Men's Cricketer of 2022

Azam bagged the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year (2022).

He scored 2598 runs in 44 matches at an average of 54.12 with eight centuries and 15 half-centuries in 2022.

For the second time in a row, a player from Pakistan has received Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy with Shaheen Afridi winning it for his performances in 2021. 

England's Ben Stokes, Zimbabwe's Sikandar Raza and New Zealand's Tim Southee were also in the running for the award.

Earlier, Azam was also named captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year for 2022.

It must be noted that Azam was also captain of the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2021.